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Multiple computers stations that seem to be running off of one computer are possible with Windows Server Software. This isn't your usual XP machine.

I've seen computers running on Windows XP that have two to four monitors connected to only one CPU. And each monitor is working independently with its own keyboard and mouse; like having four separated computers. I'd like to replicate that in my office. How can it be done?

In this excerpt from Answercast #25, I look at configurations of XP computers running as multiple work stations.

Multiple screens and keyboards

It's not plain vanilla Windows XP that you're seeing; it's probably Windows server 2003.

Windows server edition supports exactly what you just described. Either directly connecting multiple monitors and multiple keyboards to the machine, or more commonly accessing the machine remotely from multiple other PCs simultaneously.

Variation of remote desktop

It's basically a variation of the Remote Desktop software that you use on your regular PC.

On a regular version of Windows (Windows XP Pro or Windows 7 Pro or better), when you connect with Remote Desktop, you're actually taking over the console session. You'll see that the physical console machine will get locked out, while the Remote Desktop session is actually running the machine.

In the case of Windows server edition, you can configure it so that multiple Remote Desktop sessions can take place simultaneously.

That's what it's going to take for this to happen.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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